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Police Executive Research Forum Releases Report on Police Recruitment and Retention

Police Executive Research Forum

Visit here to download The Workforce Crisis, and What Police Agencies Are Doing About It, a new publication from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

Produced using information from an extensive survey on recruit and retention and a task force meeting, the publication discusses the current nationwide crisis in recruiting and retaining law enforcement officers. Agencies nationwide are experiencing decreased applications, early exits and higher retirement rates, resulting in a significant shortage of officers.

The report looks at issues such as identifying and attracting nontraditional candidates and concerns about finding young officers with the right skill sets. It includes key takeaways, trends and statistics, and provides examples of successful recruitment and retention polices.